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New eCAFE Netbooks from Hercules

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2011

Hercules has a new range of eCAFE netbooks in the eCAFE Slim HD and the eCAFE EX HD. They are both ultra portable, and the EX HD will deliver up to 13 hours of usage. Both feature a Cortex A8 processor, with Linux as the OS.

They also have 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage in the eCAFE Slim HD or 16GB of storage in the eCAFE EX HD, plus 50GB of online storage. Both feature a 10.1 inch LED backlit display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Ethernet, three USB 2.0 ports and a mini USB port.

Nanocade turns your netbook into an arcade cabinet

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on January 31st, 2011

Netbooks are cool, but they aren’t arcade cabinets. Not typically. But with the Nanocade you can have both. It’s a kit from designer Rasmus Sorensen that lets you turn a netbook or mini-ITX motherboard and 10.1-inch display into a laptop arcade cabinet.

If you have a spare netbook to make this happen, the kit ships in March and it is easy to do. As long as you have the $349 plus shipping that is. It’s totally worth it.

Gigabyte launches Atom N550-based M1005, Q2005 Netbooks

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2010

Gigabyte has just added some new Netbooks to its lineup, the Gigabyte Q2005 and the Gigabyte M1005. Both feature an Intel Atom Dual Core Processor N550(1.50GHz), run either Windows 7 Starter or Home Premium and sport 10.1 inch 1024×600 LED backlit displays.

Other features include up to 2GB of DDR2 ram and a 1.3 mega pixel web camera on the M1005 or a 0.3 mega pixel on the Q2005. Each has 3 USB ports, D-Sub, RJ45, Mic-in, Earphone-out and a 4-in-1 card reader supporting SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro.

Jolicloud netbook may launch in the UK on Friday

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2010

We know that Jolicloud will be introducing its own netbook, the Jolibook, soon, and word is that those in the UK will be getting theirs this Friday, with a launch in other countries after that. Don’t expect the Jolibook to wow you with awesome specs, though.

There’s an Intel Atom N550 1.5GHz dual core processor, a 250GB hard drive and the Jolicloud Linux-based operating system, specially optimized to run on netbooks. The Jolibook may make a name for itself in educational institutions in the UK since Jolicloud is currently talking to education suppliers over there.

System76 Starling netbook goes dual core

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on November 15th, 2010

System76′s Starling netbook has received a spec upgrade. It will no longer have a single core processor, but will have its processing doubled. For $385 you get a 10-inch display, Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook edition, a 3-cell battery and an Intel Atom N550 1.5GHz dual-core processor.

This Starling netbook doesn’t have Microsoft’s hardware restrictions for Windows 7 Starter, so you can go for some interesting upgrade options like having up to 500GB of hard drive space or get a solid state disk instead. 2GB RAM is standard and doubling the cells in the battery will add another $59 to the final price making the base price $444.

Jolibook spotted on Flickr

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on November 13th, 2010

Behold the Jolicloud Jolibook. The 10.1-inch netbook is finally showing off in a set of official press shots. Like in the other images we’ve seen, the lid has a cartoon scene.

The chiclet style keyboard resembles recent Acer Aspire One systems and it’s an all plastic build, which should mean a low starting price. All in all it looks like an Acer except for that lid. What do you think?

Toshiba’s Android-powered AC100 Netbook now available for order in the UK

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on September 6th, 2010

Many Toshiba fans have no doubt been drooling over the company’s AC100 Android-powered netbook and waiting patiently to get their hands on it. Well, it’s now available to order. You’ll need £293 (or $451 yankee dollars) for the Wi-Fi-only version.

The 3G version is called the 10U, is currently still in development, so you’ll need to wait on that one. In the meantime, the Wi-Fi version will give you a 10-inch display, Android 2.1, NVIDIA dual-core Tegra 250 chip, 512MB of RAM, Up to 8-hours of battery life, 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.1 and HDMI output.


JoliCloud 1.0 now ready for your netbook

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on August 4th, 2010

It’s been quite a wait, but JoliCloud 1.0 is finally ready for download for your netbook. This Linux-based OS is also compatible with touchscreen displays. Once installed, you’ll have that 700-app directory to keep you busy for awhile.

Did we mention that it’s free? This operating system is based in the cloud, which should allow you to automatically synchronize across multiple devices, while managing your interface from said cloud as well, as long as you have an HTML5-supporting browser.

Duracell launches 40-Watt Universal Netbook AC adapter

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2010

Duracell has introduced its 40-Watt Universal Netbook AC adapter, specially designed to maximize your power efficiency and add to your portability. It’s perfect for netbooks. It’s a compact and lightweight adapter that is great for traveling and works with a wide range of netbooks thanks to four different interchangeable voltage controlling tips which are included.

The tips can switch automatically between 12V and 19V, depending on your netbook’s power needs, keeping your computer safe. It’s just $49.99 starting next month.

System76 Starling netbooks now available for pre-order

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2010

If you’ve been waiting for System76′s Starling netbooks, you’ll be glad to know that they are now available for pre-order. These netbooks look sexy and stylish for a price that won’t break the bank. Some features include a 3-cell battery, an Intel Atom N455 1.66GHz processor with an integrated single-channel DDR2 memory controller along with an integrated graphics core which is capable of handling 720p HD playback.

Some other specs include 802.11n Wi-Fi, a VGA camera, and an SD memory card slot with a built-in Kensington Lock.

Onkyo Miffy Netbook

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on July 11th, 2010

Miffy is a small Dutch rabbit famous for appearing in picture books. Now Onkyo has plastered her likeness on some C4 units to catch your little girl’s eye. It doesn’t sport very thrilling hardware. A 1.6GHz Atom CPU, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, etc.

But fear not, the lid is covered with character faces. Its version of Windows 7 or XP has Miffy-themed apps and wallpaper on the desktop. Nothing on price yet, but it’s Japan-only as it’s too cute for our shores.

Lenovo Skylight Smartbook to get Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon Processor?

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2010

We haven’t heard any news about this one since back in April. While the delay of Lenovo’s Skylight smartbook is disappointing, it gives Lenovo some time to swap in a newer, more powerful, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor.

The Skylight smartbook should be powered by Google’s Android OS when it is finally released before the end of the year. The processor would certainly make this one more attractive to buyers.

Litl Webbook gets $300 price cut

Posted in Netbook by Shane McGlaun on May 17th, 2010

When we heard about the Litl Webbook back in November of 2009, the thing sounded good but was too expensive in most books. The device was focused on simplicity for user looking to watch movies and video without having to mess with an OS.

The high price tag for netbook performance doomed the device and as of today, the Litl Webbook has received a significant price cut of $300. The new $399 price tag is where the device should have been to start with considering its capabilities.

Fujitsu MH380 netbook goes pink

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2010

Love pink? Fujitsu’s MH380 netbook will definitely appeal to the ladies. And men of questionable manlihood. Besides, the smaller than normal keyboard isn’t friendly for male fingers.

Some specs include a 10.1″ display at 1,366 x 768 resolution, an Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and WiMAX and Windows 7 Starter Edition. Looks like this is a Japan only item at the moment. So if you want one, go ahead and import one.

Sony Vaio M netbook official

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2010

We first told you about the Sony Vaio M netbook back in January, and its existence was confirmed this month. Now Sony has announced its Vaio M netbook officially.

It’s a budget computer, but one that has the latest generation Intel Atom chip, meaning faster speed and better battery life. It has 1GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, and a 10.1″ display at 1,024 × 600 resolution. No word on price yet, but Tesco will offer it for £299 when it ships, making it the cheapest Vaio laptop ever as far as we know.